Introducing the Artistic Director
Geraint Bowen was born in London and received his early music education as a chorister at Hampstead Parish Church under Martindale Sidwell. He studied the organ with Christopher Herrick, John Scott and Stephen Cleobury and was organ scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, following which he held assistant organist posts at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and Hereford Cathedral. From 1995 to 2001 he was organist and master of the choristers at St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, and artistic director of the St David's Cathedral Festival.
In 2001 he took up the posts of organist and director of music at Hereford Cathedral, conductor of Hereford Choral Society and artistic director of the Hereford Three Choirs Festival. Work with Hereford Cathedral Choir has included several CD recordings including discs of works by Byrd and Howells, radio and television broadcasts, a tour of South Africa and six tours of the USA, performances of Bach's Passions and Christmas Oratorio, and a liturgical cycle of Haydn's last six masses. In 2012 the choir broadcast Choral Evensong on Radio 3 on Ash Wednesday, including Allegri's Miserere, and in 2017 the cathedral's Easter Day Eucharist was broadcast live on BBC One.
At the Three Choirs Festival, he has been responsible for commissioning works by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Bob Chilcott, Sir James MacMillan, John McCabe, Anthony Powers and Dobrinka Tabakova, and he has worked with some of the country's leading orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the CBSO, Florilegium, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philharmonia, and the RPO. A highlight of the 300th anniversary festival at Hereford in 2015 was a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Three Cathedral Choirs and the OAE, which was recorded for later broadcast on Radio 3.